NHS England launches a new Workforce Race Equality Standard

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20 / 3 / 2015 11.43am

From 1 April 2015 all NHS organisations will be required to demonstrate through the nine point Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) metric how they are addressing race equality issues in a range of staffing areas.

NHS Employers has been supporting NHS England to develop the standard, and together with the Equality Delivery System (EDS2) they form part of the mandatory requirements in the 2015/16 standard NHS contract, which come into effect on 1 April 2015. 

The announcement in July 2014 from the NHS Equality and Diversity Council, agreed to ensure employees from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment in the workplace.

The WRES will require NHS organisations to demonstrate progress against a number of indicators of workforce equality, including a specific indicator to address the low levels of black and minority ethinc (BME) board representation.

Additional measures include:

  • responses to questions on diversity from the NHS Staff Survey 
  • workforce metrics which include the recruitment of BME staff
  • access to non-mandatory training opportunities
  • the likelihood of BME staff being subject to disciplinary action.

Find out more about the metric, the associated guidance and FAQs.

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